Senate Key Vote: Important Amendments to the Senate's Farm Bill, S.3240
There are many smart ways to improve farm policy in the United States, but the so-called Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 falls far short of true reform. On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you to vote YES on the following amendments to the 2012 Farm Bill (S. 3240).
Americans for Prosperity will include the following votes in our congressional scorecard:
- Vote YES on the Toomey amendment to cut the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (#2226). Americans for Prosperity has long opposed this program, which pays farmers to grow crops for heat and power instead of food and raw materials.
- Vote YES on the Lee motion to recommit. The motion would send the bill back to the Agriculture Committee with instructions to reduce spending back to fiscal year 2008 levels, which would spend $250 billion less than the currently proposed bill.
- Vote YES on the Ron Johnson motion to recommit. The motion would send the bill back to the Agriculture Committee with instructions to strike Title IV—the title dealing with food stamps (SNAP) and other nutrition programs. SNAP, a massive welfare program that consumes almost 80% of total Farm Bill spending, doesn’t belong in this bill and deserves its own treatment in separate legislation. No more rolling massive programs together to secure votes and shield programs from much-needed reform.
- Vote YES on the Rubio amendment, the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act (#2166). Current collective bargaining agreements set strict ceilings on wages, which don’t allow employers to pay workers based on their performance. This amendment would allow employers to reward high-performing workers with higher wages.
Americans for Prosperity will include these votes in our congressional ratings.
Director of Policy
Americans for Prosperity